‘Red Eye’ on ‘Weinergate’: ‘He’s not guilty, not at all. If you believe that, you’re worse than Hitler’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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We’ve kind of been waiting for this one – the Fox News “Red Eye” angle on allegations that New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner sent an ill-advised photo to a Seattle co-ed.

Tuesday’s show didn’t disappoint. The Weiner matter, the subject of host Greg Gutfeld’s “Gregalogue,” raised some questions that needed answering, according to the “Red Eye” host.

“So New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has had a bad week and it is only Tuesday,” Gutfeld said. “For those of you who have had a real life, here is some back-up. A lewd photo of a pair of bulging underpants was sent to a Seattle co-ed from Weiner’s Twitter account. The woman who Weiner follows on Twitter had once referred to him as her boyfriend. The pic had appeared after Weiner had tweeted when a TV appearance would air in Seattle. A coincidence?”

Gutfeld said acting like nothing happened, as the New York congressman has done in his public statements, wasn’t doing him any favors.

“Now Weiner claims he was hacked, and as a congressman and the son of a lawyer, he knows the crime calls for an FBI investigation, but oddly Weiner has hired a lawyer for himself,” Weiner said. “So when a congressman hires the private counsel instead of going to the cops, what does that say? That it is time to move on, says Weiner? Now when someone says, ‘It is time to move on,’ it is not a statement, it is a plea. If you are a victim of a crime, you don’t want it to move on. You want the world to stop and help you. Nothing to see here means there is something to see here.”


The “Red Eye” host explained how peculiar the circumstances made Weiner look, but offered a couple of theories on what might have really happened.

“And in an interview on Monday, Weiner rattled off the big issues that were far more important – the deficit, health care, the Supreme Court,” he continued. “The problem is, the more you pile on the issues, the more we can see the thing you wish to hide. You look like a teenage boy hiding porn when your mom comes in to make your bed. I’ve been there. Anyway, since there is a criminal allegation, why not a criminal investigation? Well, perhaps there is a simpler explanation. My theory, Congressman Weiner was out of underwear. And so he sent a picture of his favorite briefs to Hanes of Seattle for a quick shipment. Clearly he was excited about the whole transaction. Or maybe, just maybe, just maybe he was flirting with this girl and sent a crotch shot and hit the wrong key on his Blackberry. But that’s too far-fetched. It is much better to act like you are hiding something, which is how Weiner looked today on the Capitol steps.”

And after playing some of the footage of Weiner’s interaction with the press on Tuesday, Gutfeld hinted at where he stands on the issue.

“He’s not guilty, not at all,” Gutfeld said. “If you believe that, you’re worse than Hitler.”

“Red Eye” guest comedian Paul Mercurio was skeptical as well, and said he expected more out of elected politicians.

“Before I answer that, I just want to say — if I were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone threw a pie and, what?” Mercurio said. “I mean I come walking on to the set I was about to say he didn’t do it. I don’t know what to say now. I really don’t know what to say. I mean, I agree with John [Gibson]. Why is he following a 21-year-old girl which is the bigger question for me because look, I want better judgment in my leaders than say what R. Kelly has. He shouldn’t be following 21-year-old girls.”

However, “Red Eye” co-host Bill Schultz offered the ultimate solution that would end the controversy in his view.

“[H]e can only do one thing,” Schultz said. “He has to get on national television and drop trou. We need to compare and contrast junk. It really — we will look at both bulges, see what kind of underwear and this matter is closed. I beseech you, congressman.”